Category: Family

Why life insurance is important to expectant moms

By Chirag Pancholi of Jenny Life, Inc. Expectant, post-partum, stay-at-home and part-time working mothers need life insurance every bit as much or more than their spouses. Life insurance is about providing financial protection to your kids/parents/spouse, should you die. Often, people think about life insurance only in terms of replacing lost income, but if you are a caregiver to your family,…

Grandparents and the Science of Social Connection

It’s not everyday that you see a large group of grandparents exploring the Pacific Science Center without kids in tow. On a cold and sunny morning this December, 20 participants were gathering for the quarterly PEPS Grandparent Gathering. As grandparents, they were eager to check out the science center and learn about this great activity for their grandchildren, but even more importantly, these grandparents…

When It’s Really Hard

I think I just had a true emotional breakdown. In car with Anderson. Not listening ad nauseam. Can feel my stress level reaching cataclysmic, desperate, absolutely miserable levels. I raise my voice, deep, gravelly, shaking—it doesn’t even sound like my own—desperately pleading with my 4-year-old to be quiet. I feel helpless and truly tortured. I have to leave the car.…

What Legacy Will You Create for Your Grandkids?

Grandparents at PEPS recently shared about the legacy they are creating with their children and grandchildren. Some have concrete things to give to children and grandchildren, like a historical flag, family furniture, jewelry that has been passed down, and those treasures made as a child. Others mentioned how they are sharing their experiences and passions, such as the love of travel, a love…

Interview with Kristin Kali, LM CPM, MAIA Midwifery and Fertility

This post was originally published by Perinatal Support Washington and has been edited for length.  Kristin Kali, LM CPM, is a licensed midwife who provides care for “all families, all family structures, genders, and orientations,” with a focus on LGBTQ families through her practice MAIA Midwifery & Fertility. What’s unique about her practice compared to conventional medical/fertility clinics is the…

What’s Next?: The Pressure to Have Another Baby

by Jessica Towns The question is always: what’s next? Two years ago, I was on a walk with my newborn daughter, beelining toward a much-needed Starbucks latte, when an elderly woman approached me at the crosswalk. She looked down and smiled at the baby. “Is this your first?” she asked. Life is always pushing us forward toward whatever’s next: finish…

Baby in Therapy

by Zach Brittle There’s a dirty trick I play on couples from time to time, especially when they have kids. They come in, complaining about one another, and how they don’t have a shared parenting philosophy, and how their kids are taking up all their time and energy, and how intimacy has evaporated, and, and, and… And, here’s the trick…I…